Director Says He's Solved Mystery of Jack the Ripper
'I honestly think I've nailed the horrible f---er'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2015 4:32 PM CDT
Writer and director Bruce Robinson thinks he's solved the 127-year-old mystery of Jack the Ripper.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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(Newser) – It may have taken 15 years and an 800-page tome set to be published next week, but UK writer and director Bruce Robinson thinks he's finally cracked the mystery of Jack the Ripper. "I honestly think I've nailed the horrible f---er," he tells the Telegraph. Robinson is best known for writing and directing Withnail and I and The Rum Diary and receiving an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for The Killing Fields. But he's apparently spent the past decade and a half figuring out the identity of Jack the Ripper, who killed five women in London over nine weeks in 1888.

He's preparing to publish the fruits of those 15 years in They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper next week. In short, he believes the Ripper was Michael Maybrick, a popular singer and composer who was also a prominent Freemason—and Robinson believes it was the bonds of Freemasonry that kept the killer's identity hidden, with other prominent Freemasons working to cover up his crimes. Read the full story here.